Saturday, March 14, 2009

Recession-hit Americans 'a little sick' of Iraq

Of course they are, six years after lots of them were cheering on the insipid war that Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and the other neocons trumped-up. My wife, my family, many friends and I not only did not cheer this war, we worked against its inception. We protested, wrote letters, spread the news of anti-war activities, and other pro-active measures to instruct the masses that the Bush preemptive invasion of Iraq was nothing more than an ideological and political stunt.

The pro-war propaganda from both the Pentagon and White House was enormous. The Media played right into their hands, especially the right-wing media who heralded the upcoming war like a Medieval pageant, with parking lot rallies, music and flags- lots of flags.

Emerson said it best 130 years ago: "When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and purity of its heart."

CNN reports: (CNN) -- With Americans confronting an economic crisis, public interest in the nearly 6-year-old war in Iraq has dropped off over the past few years as conditions on the ground there have improved and the relevance to the average American family's pocketbook wears thin.

"This is already one of the longest wars in American history. There's nothing new in Iraq," said Steven Roberts, a professor of media studies at George Washington University. "We've read the stories of instability in the government a hundred times. Every single possible story has been told, and so there is enormous fatigue about Iraq."

Fatigue about Iraq. Perhaps,the American citizens have learned a lesson here. Sadly, don't bet on it.

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